Bloomsday 2017 was a hit!

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s festival a Joy(ce)ful week!

2018 Festival Bloomsday Montréal set for June 12-16

“Pain, that was not yet the pain of love, fretted his heart.”

Ulysses – Telemachus

“Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not.”

Ulysses – Nestor

“I fear those big words, Stephen said, which make us so unhappy.”

Ulysses – Nestor

“Pineapple rock, lemon platt, butter scotch. A sugarsticky girl shovelling scoopfuls of creams for a christian brother.”

Ulysses- Lestrygonians

“Coffined thoughts around me, in mummycases, embalmed in spice of words.”

Ulysses – Scylla and Charybdis

“History, Stephen said, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.”

Ulysses – Scylla and Charybdis

“The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit.”

Ulysses (Ithaca)

“Lord, heap miseries upon us yet entwine our arts with laughters low.”

Finnegans Wake

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With Love From Dublin: Bloomsday Montréal Greeting

In 2016 Montreal’s Mayor Coderre declared Montreal and Ireland as ‘twin cities’. In this spirit of fellowship the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Dublin City Council, have gifted us at Festival Bloomsday Montréal 2017 with this lovely video greeting.

Festival Bloomsday Montréal Newsletter

Yes! Believe me: Ulysses – from 933 pages to two hours at the Abbey Theatre!

I met my sister in Dublin. We were two Kelley girls getting together in the land of our ancestors for four days of Joyce—my aim—she didn’t know more than the name and my interest. But I never expected to find that the stage version of Ulysses would be on at the Abbey Theatre! The Abbey Theatre about which I had read so much!

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Dublin dehors

Plusieurs vous diront que de marcher dans la ville de Dublin sur les pas de Léopold Bloom vous permettra de découvrir cette cité dans la version de Joyce. Je leurs rappellerai que Dublin appelle à la déambulation naturellement avec les canaux et les rivières qui se jettent dans le fleuve Liffey, avec les immeubles construits en granite dont les portes présentent le style Georgien à son meilleur.

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New Smash Hit Play in London’s West End: The Ferryman

The Ferryman is set on the 50-acre Irish family farm of Quinn Carney, and tells the story of an extended family celebrating the annual harvest in 1981 (an important year in Ireland’s contemporary history). It is an epic story of love, family and betrayal, exploring the intersection of the politics of the day with the private life of one family on a farm.

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Grosse-Île: The Musical – Inspired by Local Quebec City Historian

Grosse-Île: The Musical was created by Margaret Forrest, John Halpin and Hubert Radoux. It is about the resilience of the Irish and French-Canadian people during the ‘summer of sorrow’ in 1847. The musical narrative recounts the story of this tragic time, during which five thousand immigrants died at the Grosse Île quarantine station near Quebec City.

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